A statement from Senate Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, following a meeting of House and Senate Republicans and Democrats with Benjamin Powell, general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence:
The Administration has demanded that Congress immunize major telecommunications companies from legal liability for their participation in a government surveillance program about which many questions have been raised. On an issue of this magnitude, it is imperative that our deliberations be thoughtful and thorough. Anything less would be an abdication of our responsibility.
Certainly true, and the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on S. 2248, the FISA amendments, reflected thoughtful and thorough deliberation.
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